Hanging basket colanders
Have a colander you no longer use? Spray paint it, attach some sturdy chains and it’s instantly transformed into a quirky hanging basket.
Bathroom pots and planters
Old sinks and toilets (yes, toilets!) can be made to look amazingly pretty when they’re filled with soil and planted with flowers. Baths can also be transformed into mini vegetable and herb gardens.
Picture frames as plant pots
Photo frames (below left) make great vertical garden dividers, allowing plants like clematis or honeysuckle to climb and grow easily.
Birdcages (below right) – either repainted or left worn and shabby – can be picked up cheaply to make a cool and unusual planter. And because they’re metal they can withstand the elements.
Paint old, small furniture drawers in pretty colours and attach to walls to create a perfect place to display small pots of plants, flowers or herbs. For another space-saving trick, watch DIY pot stacker video.
Preloved plates can be picked up for next to nothing at car boot and jumble sales. A selection of pretty ones can be easily attached to the side of a shed or a wall for a pretty visual display.
Second hand mirrors aren’t just for inside the house. When they’re hung in a garden they give the illusion of space and will reflect all that lovely greenery.
DIY teacup bird feeder
Superglue a disused cup and saucer together and you’ve got a bird feeder. It can either be mounted on an old chair leg and dug into the ground, or hung from a tree using some strong cord. Why not try upcycling a juice carton into a bird feeder?
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